This lactose-intolerant girl has a new best friend, and her name is banana faux-yo. See what I did there? Because it’s not really ice cream, or frozen yogurt, but it kind of is…. Right. When I first saw this idea, I was completely skeptical. Ice cream that literally only has 1 ingredient? Nope. Can’t be. BUT IT IS, IT REALLY IS. Let me just say that I LOVE ice cream. Growing up I ate it every day. That would be my easy go-to snack after soccer practice. Healthy, right? Well then in college I finally realized that a lot of my misery was derived from dairy, and it broke my poor little ice cream lovin’ heart. But now everything has changed. The wrongs have been righted. Victory is mine. Because I have made ice cream from a banana. JUST. A. BANANA. And some cocoa powder and chocolate chips because my name is Morgan, and I am a chocoholic. Seriously guys, this is so easy and delicious and you know… actually good for you. I will give you a warning though; please in all seriousness heed my words. DON’T KILL YOUR BLENDER/FOOD PROCESSOR. Mine conked out on me when doing a particularly hefty load (8 bananas) and I felt like I had accidentally killed my puppy. Luckily, after letting it cool down for a while it revived itself. I literally squealed with joy when I realized it wasn’t gone forever. Yes, I am that attached. (Thank youuuu Ninja Master Prep )So, my friends, let’s ditch the inflammatory dairy for something more beneficial: a healthy dose of Potassium… and happiness.
Double Chocolate Chip Banana “Ice Cream”
- 5 medium bananas, sliced
- 2-4 tbsp of 100% cocoa powder
- Enjoy Life mini chocolate chips
First, slice those bad boys up.
Next, put them into a large bowl (or you could use a baking sheet) that is lined with plastic wrap. Trust me on the plastic wrap, your hands will greatly appreciate the gesture when they are not forced to pry frozen pieces of banana out of the bowl. Place your banana slices in the freezer until frozen through. Once they are frozen, remove them from the freezer and place them in your blender/food processor. I have found that it is helpful to let them sit out for 10-20 minutes and have them soften just slightly. It may just save a good blender’s life.
Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines!
Pause and scrape down the sides every so often to keep it a consistent texture, and also push the pieces down closer to the blades. This also gives your appliance a much-needed break. At this point you can also add your cocoa powder.
Just when all seems nearly hopeless, and that your ice cream will never be more than just a sandy bowl of banana gravel, have faith. Your journey it not yet over, keep blending and BEHOLD:
This little beauty is ready to be choco-chipped.
Transfer into a bowl, and fold in your chocolate chips.
Just see how long you can make this last. I dare you.
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